For years now, the Tennessee Titans have attempted to find a reliable, go-to backup running back for Derrick Henry. From Dion Lewis to Adrian Peterson, the Titans have provided multiple veteran backs with a chance to take over this role for the team.
The Titans once again made a push to resolve this dilemma over the 2022 NFL Draft when they selected Hassan Haskins in the fourth round. The former Michigan running back bolstered his draft stock in his final season with the Wolverines last year, posting career highs in yards from scrimmage (1,458) and total touchdowns (20).
Haskins featured in the Titans’ mandatory minicamp this week, and with what Henry has seen so far from the rookie running back, he has been quite impressed.
“I was excited when we got him,” Henry said during a recent press conference. “Hassan’s a beast. I actually got to catch his game against Ohio State — when he went off — and now I get to see him in person.
“He’s a big dude; a solid dude. Seeing him out there, I can tell everything is coming natural to him. I just tell him not to get too overwhelmed and to take it day-by-day.”
The game that Henry referenced was Haskins’ electric showing against Ohio State last season, as he had his way in the contest with 169 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. This performance from him sure caught the attention of Titans team officials.
Henry and the Titans coaching staff will next get an opportunity to see Haskins in action at training camp in July.